Go Swimming has everything you need to know about swimming. If you are a parent, a non swimmer or just want to improve your technique this is the section for you.

In British Swimming you will find information about the world of high performance sport, including the disciplines of Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Para-Swimming.

The ASA is the governing body for the sport in England. In this section you will find all you need to know about joining a club or competing in England and becoming a swimming teacher or coach.

The IoS delivers the ASA’s courses and is a member organisation. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.

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Joining A Club

Joining a swimming club offers you a training structure, routine and time to practice your strokes. You’ll also be able to enter swimming competitions if you want to.

Clubs also offer you the chance to train with others, get advice and coaching from top swimmers and the social side is pretty good too!

In a club structure you can compete and also try the disciplines of diving, water polo or synchronised swimming. Clubs also need volunteers to offer support outside of the pool, so you can still be involved even if you’re not swimming.

Finding a good swimming club


  1. Go to our Pool Finder and search. Clubs operating in England will appear with the pool information. Visit the Scottish Swimming or Welsh Swimming websites for clubs outside England.
  2. Find out as much as you can about the club, what it is aiming for and who runs it. Check it has swim21 accreditation (see below). If the club is not part of the scheme, then ask them why. It may be that the club needs more support with management, teaching, coaching and officiating and you could help!

Masters swimming clubs

Masters swimming is basically a swimming club for people over 25 and are great places to improve your swimming and meet like-minded people

  • Track down your nearest Masters club on our Pool Finder.

What is swim21 Club Accreditiation

It's the ASA 'quality mark' and shows the club is committed to helping athletes, teachers, coaches and administrators to continually improve and reach their full potential.

Specifically it means for you that:



  • The club’s coaches/teachers and volunteers are appropriately qualified.
  • The club can offer suitable opportunities to encourage you or your child to achieve potential
  • Visit Clubs and Members in the ASA zone for more details on swim21 accreditation
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